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pharmnerd Jun 15, 2009 10:56 PM

Obviously, I'm an inexperienced home cook for asking this question. Trying to make a risotto with wild mushroom and squash from Zuni Cafe Cookbook, which calls for 6 ounces of "wild mushrooms". Recipe states can use porcini, chanterelle or hedgehog. Checked 3 local markets & farmers market and of those, could only find dried porcini. Otherwise, had fresh white, shiitake, bella & baby bella. Unfortunately, no "gourmet" markets nearby.

Should I use dried porcini (I guess I'd need to "rehydrate" them first)? Or, one of the available varieties considered "wild" (baby bella? shiitake?)?

Help please, as I don't know how long the squash I bought's gonna last. Thanks.

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    pharmnerd Jun 21, 2009 09:45 PM

    Used fresh shiitake as they were on sale. Turned out great. Thanks.

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      pharmnerd Jun 16, 2009 01:53 PM

      Will head back to the local market & give what's available a try & report back. Thanks for the input everyone.

      1. nomadchowwoman Jun 16, 2009 07:20 AM

        yes, rehydrate the dried porcinis; make sure they're free of grit before mixing them w/the other 'shrooms. Also, strain the porcini soaking liquid, and add a little to your risotto with the other broth. It adds an earthy depth to the flavors. And I've found that almost any mushrooms that aren't too delicate work well in a "wild mushroom" mix.

        1. stricken Jun 15, 2009 11:24 PM

          I'd use shitake, bellas and dried porcinis. The combo should work out flavorwise.
          I found fresh porcinis for the first time last week. They were $26 per lb, but they were awesome.

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          1. re: stricken
            Shane Greenwood Jun 16, 2009 06:19 AM

            Totally agree with stricken here. The shitakes are fantastic in risotto and bring a nice deep mushroom flavor. I live in California and shop a few markets that stock amazing wild mushrooms of all varieties and I almost always go for the shitakes for dishes like this. I'm not a big fan of the taste of rehydrated porcinis, but in a mushroom mix it's fine.

            1. re: stricken
              pharmnerd Jun 16, 2009 02:02 PM

              So, I guess not common for markets to stock fresh porcinis. Wish I knew this before going on my 4-stop wild mushroom hunt with whiney 5yo in tow. :)

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